As I mentioned in last week’s column, Irvin-House Vineyards and Firefly Distillery are celebrating the start of another round of Sippin’ Saturdays with their third annual kick-off party.
The Cork Shuckin’ Festival will be 1-5 p.m. Saturday and will include oysters by the bucket, music by Rawberry Jam, food and more.
Admission is free but patrons are encouraged to bring their cash and credit for oysters, wine and Firefly spirits tastings and local food vendors.
Local oysters from Shellmore will be available for purchase ($12 a bucket) and other food vendors will be on site, including Coastal Crust, Stono Cafe and Chucktown Mobile Seafood.
Tastings in the Firefly Distillery and Irvin-House Vineyards winery are $6 to taste six Firefly spirits and $5 to taste five wines. Patrons will receive complimentary glasses during both tastings.
Attendees are encouraged to bring their lawn chairs and blankets and to make a day of it. Dogs are allowed but must be leashed. Coolers are not permitted.
Irvin-House Vineyards is at 6775 Bears Bluff Road on Wadmalaw Island. For more information, go to www.CharlestonWine.com.
Billing itself as the premier baby event in the South, the Southern Baby Show welcomes expecting and new parents for an afternoon filled of meet-and-greets, educational opportunities, shopping and more.
Scheduled for noon-4 p.m. Saturday at the Omar Center at Patriots Point, parents will be able to find everything “from bump to baby” at the event.
Attendees will have an opportunity to browse and buy “stylish, high-quality” baby and kids products at nearly 50 pop-ups shops; meet local maternity and baby service providers; and attend free classes on pregnancy and parenting topics.
There will be opportunities to win diaper bags, strollers and more baby gear.
Admission to the event is $10 and includes a free gift bag from Developmental Duffle.
The Omar Center is at 176 Patriots Point Road in Mount Pleasant. For more information about the show, go to www.southernbabyshow.com.
There are many different kinds of parents, and this next event is targeted at pet parents.
On Saturday, the Isle of Palms Recreation Department will be going to the dogs during the ninth annual Doggie Day.
Open to all breeds and sizes, the event will offer a variety of events. From 9-11 a.m., rabies vaccinations will be available for $10. IOP dog licenses will be sold from 9 a.m. until for $5; proof of rabies vaccination will be required to receive a city license. Free dog photos will also be available from 9 a.m. until, and the dog show will begin at 10 a.m.
The dog show competition is open to all dogs in the following categories: cutest puppy (1 year and under), most attractive (1 year and over), most ear’resistible ears, best eyes, best smile, best costume, best female and male rescue. Winners in each of the eight categories will compete for best in show. Registration is free of charge and can be done the morning of the event if there are available spaces; the limit is 15 per category. Prizes will be awarded to winners in each category.
The Recreation Center is located at 24 28th Ave. on the Isle of Palms. For more information, go to www.iop.net or call 886-8294.
Returning to Mount Pleasant, this next offering is of the month-long variety.
Throughout February, Patriots Point Naval & Maritime Museum will be offering a new deal: “Super Sundays.”
Every Sunday in February, Patriots Point will be offering visitors a 20 percent discount on all admission and 10 percent off any purchases made in the Ship Store. The normal museum admission rate is $20 for adults and $12 for children ages 6-11; parking is $5. As always, members of the military in uniform and children under age 6 get in free.
The “Super Sunday” discount will include admission to all three of Patriots Point’s historic warships — the aircraft carrier Yorktown, the World War II destroyer Laffey, the Cold War-era submarine Clamagore — the Medal of Honor Museum and the recently opened Vietnam Experience.
The Patriots Point Naval & Maritime Museum is at 40 Patriots Point Road in Mount Pleasant and is open daily from 9 a.m.-6:30 p.m.
For more information, go to www.patriotspoint.org or call 881-5984.
Another Sunday happening, though once a month, is Second Sunday on King Street.
A favorite monthly event of locals and visitors alike, Second Sunday will be 1-5 p.m. on, you guessed it, Sunday.
Not long ago named one of the 10 great streets in America by the American Planning Association, a portion of King Street will be closed to vehicular traffic and folks are invited to spend an afternoon strolling, shopping, dining and enjoying Charleston at its finest.
With Second Sunday falling the weekend before Valentine’s Day, everyone will be celebrating early with special events and deals. In addition, there will be a sidewalk sale at Lori + Lulu, a cashmere and fur sale at Tina Stephens, and more.
To print out a free parking voucher and to find out more, go to www.2ndsundayonkingstreet.com.
Well, we’ve got your weekend plans more than covered, so let’s tempt you with some plans for Monday.
At 7 p.m., the United States Air Force Heritage of America Band’s Rhythm in Blue Jazz Ensemble from Joint Base Langley-Eustis in Hampton, Va., will perform at the Sterett Hall Auditorium at the Navy Yard.
Rhythm in Blue features 13 professional musicians who have earned worldwide acclaim and military distinction. The band incorporates a wide repertoire of jazz and fusion, from big band swing to cutting-edge contemporary music.
The concert is free, but general admission tickets are required. Tickets are available 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Monday-Friday from the North Charleston Cultural Arts Department office on the second floor of North Charleston City Hall, 2500 City Hall Lane.
Sterett Hall Auditorium is located at 1530 7th St. in North Charleston.
For more information, go to www.heritageofamericaband.af.mil.